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Chandos Outdoor Education Centre is a camp property owned and operated by North Toronto Christian School. Twice a year, students from grade 3 - grade 9 take an overnight trip there. Each class, accompanied by teachers and parents, goes once in the fall and once in the winter. These trips provide students with opportunities to explore nature, learn new skills, and develop closer relationships with their peers. Canoeing at Chandos

Property

Chandos Outdoor Education Centre is located outside of Apsley, Ontario, and is about a two hours' bus drive from the school. The 275-acre property contains open fields, wetlands, thick forests, hiking trails, and a beach on Lake Chandos -- a variety of unique environments from which to study God's creation.

Facilities

The camp property contains a large field on which both soccer and football can be played. There is also a volleyball court and a tetherball post where each sport can be enjoyed during free time. A frisbee golf course spans the camp property and is used occasionally by students. Many games of hockey and basketball have been played on the court located near the cabins. Also, campfires are often held around the outdoor fire pit.

The dining hall, which includes an eating area and a general lounge, is the main building on the property. Meals, devotions, and activities all take place here. A separate auditorium is also available as a large area for indoor games, and there are two classrooms that are used for lessons.

Students on a Hike

Accommodations

The camp property has six winterized sleeping cabins available for the school trips. The cabins -- Swallow, Oriole, Cardinal, Finch, Vireo, and Chickadee -- have a main room with four bunk beds to accomodate eight students, and a smaller room with one bunk bed where the parent or teacher stays. These cabins also contain a washroom, table, and shelves.

Activities

Chandos trips focus on allowing students to enjoy the outdoors in the company of their classmates. Swimming, canoeing, hiking, sledding, and snowshoeing are some of the activities that students participate in during the trips.

Educational aspects are also heavily involved, and students are given the chance to explore biology, astronomy, botany, geography, and art in a dynamic and engaging environment.